Weizen | Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant

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Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant
North Carolina, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by Beastdog75:
Photo of Beastdog75
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the most easily accessible micros in the Carolinas is the Weeping Radish line, with a couple of restaurants scattered throughout the area and their beer being very easy to find (especially on the Outer Banks). While I think their Corolla Gold is a decent pale lager, I was somewhat disappointed with their Oktoberfest brand. So far, their Weizen is my favorite of the bunch (I do have some of their dunkel waiting in the ranks, though).

Weeping Radish Weizen pours a hazy orange-hued yellow. Not much of a head: just some foamy bubbles (although I was pouring this into my hefeweizen glass, which I haven't had much practice pouring into yet). The smell is of yeastiness and citrus with some light spiciness. The mouthfeel is light, but soft and effervescent as well. I'll have to go against the grain with the other BA reviews and say that the dominant flavor I tasted was the clove-like spiciness, and that I detected very little banana flavors. (I probably have a funky set of tastebuds!) There is some lemony-orange citrus flavor in there as well, and the flavors hit the tongue with some tanginess mixed with a light sweetness. Not much hop bitterness though. There is some bread-like hints in the aftertaste, and the clove taste continues fairly strong as well. This beer finishes off with no alcohlic warmth.

This is a good summer quencher, and on an unrelated note there was some yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle as well. Halfway through, I mixed it up and poured it in, but it didn't make much difference (even though I think the clove flavors became stronger for some reason). This is a light but tasty brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured hazy orange/gold.Decent head smelled a little clovey and citruisy.Tasted very citruisy almost too much had a little yeasty quality as well.Think it would be nice to kick back a few on the beach,a decent wheat from a traditional German brewpub and restaurant.

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Photo of shapudding
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy and thick looking orangey-yellow. Looked almost gelatin-still. But some carbination is seen rising to the top, no head in existance, seems flat to just look at it. Scents of banana and citrus, bit of spiceyness. Bit of carbination hits your tongue, but not too much. Not much going on flavorwise. Fairly balanced tasting. Alot of water, bit of spice in the aftertaste- some nutmeg, hint of lemon. I would personally like more flavor to be present. Decent drinkability for a session beer - especially one for a hot day where you would want to toss back a bunch. But again I would want to have a bit more flavor if I was going to come back to it.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Hickory Hops Festival a few months ago, and really liked it. Their German brewmaster considers this their best product, and I agree.
Pours a chill hazed, medium yellow body, as if it was filtered. Small white head has decent retention and leaves attractive patchy lace.
Aroma is very nice, with assertive notes of lemony citrus, banana, clove, and pepper. Quite pleasant for an American Weizen.
Mouthfeel has spritzy carbonation and a light medium body.
Taste is highlighted by a pleasant wheat maltiness, complimented by sweet banana, lemon zest, coriander, clove, white pepper, and a subtle yeast presence. Nice breadiness in the wheat department..
One of the better American Weizens. Crisp and refreshing, this is an excellent one for a session.

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Photo of jakester
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived a very cloudy banana/orange with a 2 finger white head of tight foam. A slice of lemon was on the rim of the glass. I wish everybody would ASK if I "want lemon with that?". The head dropped to a ring and islands quickly. (because of the lemon?).

Aroma is good banana and clove with a hint of citrus, but that could be from the slice. Pleasant yeasty/ wheat smells are present as well.

Flavor is banana/clove, tart and pleasant. Citrus, especially lemon, is also there. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Right on style. Enough bittering is here to balance the sweetness. This is very well made. Long aftertaste of banana/clove.

Mouthfeel is tart and effervescent; carbonation is appropriate for style. Plenty of bitter, also.

As hefe's go, this is a very good one. Won't get bored with this. Very good representation of style. Recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its cloudy yellow body has an orange-ish cast and reveals hundreds of fast rising tiny bubbles beneath a creamy head of bright white foam. The retention is good, but not great, and it drops to a wide collar and razor-thin surface coating that's clearly maintained only by the continuous release of it's effervescent carbonation. However, it does leave some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is lemony (but only slightly tart) and softly banana-ish over a mildly sweetish wheat-based malt. The body is medium and it's quite crisp in the mouth with a vigorous, but very fine-bubbled, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between mildly sweet grainy malt, a touch of lemony yeast, some mild grassy hops and a low-level bitterness. Quite refreshing; interesting; and very drinkable.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden with a significant amount of haze and a stark-white head that vanishes in a flash. Spicy aroma of yeast, citrus, and allspice. Very little carbonation. Substantial, slightly foamy body, more full-bodied than most hefeweizens. Assertive flavors of German yeast, citrus, wheat, and a touch of banana. Clean finish of banana-tinged yeast. Not bad, but not my favorite hefe.

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Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow hue, a finger’s worth of white head, good retention but no lace though. Decent nose, yeasty, wheat, lightly musty… it’s missing a few Hefeweizen attributes. Very pleasant palate, soft, light marshmallows, wheat, yeasty, a little citrus influence… lacks clove (as in the nose). Light floral hops. Sometimes the wheat on the palate seems too tangible. Very carbonated, medium-light mouthfeel… almost prickly. Very quaffable, session brew material, refreshing… this would be a good introduction to Wheat beers.

Thanks Loki!

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Photo of Backer2004
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I'm still a beer novice, but yeast floating around in my beer is not my style, at least not yet. Poured a nice light golden with enough head to top a lemon merengue pie. The clove, banana, malted smell was the best quality of all. Nice bit of spice and kick, but there's so much better offerings in this style. Liked the weeping radish on the bottle cap.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The head left rather quickly with very little lace. After having other Weeping Radish brews, the aroma on this one was not too bad. A typical weizen aroma was present. Not as strong as its German counterparts but not to bad. Your typical grassy/cloves, citrus aroma. Taste is citrus with a slight bitter yeast flavor. A light and refreshing beer on a warm summer day!

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Photo of fattyre
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a large bubbled rocky slightly clingy head. The smell is slight background malt with a sharp minty grassiness. The taste is crisp and clean with a very slight sourness and even milder alcohol. A crisp refreshing wheat that seems to get sweeter the more you drink.

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Photo of akorsak
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a 1 L growler purchased at the Manteo location and served cold in a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale has a slightly hazy color, making me wonder if it has been filtered at all. There is a small head and the beer has a slight orange color.

S: The ale has a bubblegum clove aroma that is quite strong. The grains are also quite intense in the nose.

T: The strong clove flavors continue in the taste. The wheat and other grains make an appearance and provide a thin cereal flavor.

M: The ale is more of an American Pale Wheat Ale than a Hefe, as the flavors just don't get the job down.

D: Moderately drinkable, but the clove can be too much.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow beer with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of wheat with some subtle sour and lactose note. Taste included a good dose of wheat with some sweetness but there is still a small sour and lactose feel in the aftertaste that bothers me. Slightly below your average weizen with probably a small infection.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a very slightly cloudy golden color, with a white head that is kind of low for the style.

Nose is wheaty with some yeasty notes. Plenty of banana present, with a little hoppy spiciness as well. Smells good, nothing offensive or off.

Carbonation is meduim high and the body is light.

Flavor is of wheat and bananas with some yeast in the background. Finishes with flavors of yeast.

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Photo of Gusler
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of sediment on the bottom of the glass, after decocting, it increased significantly the “Chill Haze”, the beer pours a light lemon color. The head unfathomed in size as the beer has been re-fermenting in the bottle, it is spumous, and a brilliant white, the lace massively thick globs and sheets that cling until the vary last drop. Nose is yeast, wheat, citrus, and quite sniffable, front cloyingly sweet, thin top, sour, mildly acidic, minimal hops, dry and a bit waterish for my liking. The lack of bite and body will cost this beer dearly, despite its appealing appearance.

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Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light hazy yellow with a small white head.
Smell is of banana, vanilla, lemon zest, and mixed wheat.
Taste is creamy with bananas and wheat, along with a touch of sweet citrus.
Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth with medium bodied feel and slight tartness.
Drinkability is pretty good on this one. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. into a weizen glass. Cloudy yellow/white body. Smallish head.

Smelled of grains, doughy, bready aroma.

Tart, sweet flavor. Metallic hint (maybe I'm tasting the gold rim of my weizen glass!?) Refreshing. I find myself quaffing this one easily.

Medium body, very smooth finish. Quinching drinkability. Nice.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presented in an imperial pint glass at Mahaffey's in Baltimore for $2.75. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a light wispy head that disappeared quickly. A nice citrus banana flavor was evident with a light hint of spice.

I had a Troeg's Wheat right before this, so it skewed my review. Mostly because of the flavor. Where the Troeg's was nicely balanced, I got a heavy medicine flavor that washed out the bananas and yeasts that I was looking forward to. The carbonation led to a very nice mouthfeel. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be looking for many others...

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Photo of Loki
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a generous head. The head faded quickly to a thin covering that left decent lacing. Head did not last as long as I would expect from a hefe.

Aromas of bananas and yeast with faints hops.

Tasted much like a traditional hefe with yeast, bananas, and a lemony sweetness. There is a slightly bitter hop finish. The mouth feel is fairly light. A good hefe all around, I've had better, but definitely had worse.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a moderate head that didn't stick around long, and didn't leave much in the way of lacing behind. Aroma is slightly banana/clovey/citrus, but not overly so. Taste is the typical clove and citrus with a slight yeasty taste. Carbonation seems lacking for a wheat beer. An easy drinking and thirst quenching beer, better than some wheats out there, but I've had alot better.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden color with a big ivory head and good carbonation. Classic German banana-clove aroma and taste. Light bodied and creamy like it is supposed to be for a hefeweizen.

One of the best American versions of the style - A good intro for American Wheat drinkers.

Best before: 01/03 Tasted: 01/12/03

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewpub in Manteo. Thick hazy pale yellow in color sporting a 1" head, that quickly fell to surface foam. No lemon slice added (by my request). The aroma was typical hefe with banana, clove, and some citrus. The flavor was a slightly tart as wheat, banana, clove, mild bitterness, and soft white peach tones were well balanced.

Mouthfeel was only slightly crisp at the start and finished smooth, as the carbonation level seemed a bit low here. Some spiciness rode the tongue after swallowing. Drinkability is decent, but there seemed to be something lacking that I can't put my finger on - maybe it is just the mouthfeel.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a real cloudy dark yellowish with a massive head. Aroma of yeast & spicy lemon. Very gentle & light in the mouth with loads of banana in the flavor as well as a pretty clear wheat taste. Some subtle floral hops, spice, & a bit of lemon all make brief appearances. Has a relatively big sweet malty finish with an almost medicinal aftertaste that I didn't particularly enjoy. Very thin & highly carbonated.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dull gold color with a carbonated, huge white head. The head fades to about a hlaf inch and lasts. Good astringent citrus aroma. Very good crisp taste. Very smooth, strong but not unpleasant astringent taste, and citrus flavors/some hint of banana as well. Mouthfeel is rich and drinkability is very good. I had 2 half liters with lunch and could easily have more. A very nice hefe. Weeping Radish is now brewing their own beers as well. All their beers I sampled last year were brewed under contract in Maryland. The hefe was better than anything I had last year.

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Photo of kegerator
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice hefe here.
pours out cloudy golden yellow with a meager fizzy head that disppears as quick as it appears.
aroma of spice, clove/coriander and some malt aromas peak through
taste is a big spice hit of coriander/clove with hints of bread and banana.
crisp with good carbonation.
refreshing and easy to drink

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